Domestic Violence in the Deaf Community: October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month

By Diana Holan, MS Since 2006, the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) issues an annual 24-hour survey of domestic violence service agencies in the United States.  The results are staggering and have been alarmingly consistent since 2008. Every year, on that single survey day, these agencies answer well over 20,000 hotline calls and…

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Jet Fuel Combined With Noise Exposure Decreases Auditory Function

By Diana Holan, MS Hearing loss is the #1 disability for military veterans, which is attributed to acute or chronic exposure to excessive noise. However, studies from the last 20+ years have shown that working in excessive noise while inhaling toxic chemicals, including jet fuel, may be even more ototoxic than noise exposure alone. Such hearing…

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Nicotine Causes Lifelong Hearing and Cognitive Problems for Children

Diana has delved through the research to provide a follow-up to a previous post on the damages of second-hand smoke that I published on this blog in October 2012. By Diana Holan “Smoking by pregnant women may result in fetal injury, premature birth, and low birth weight.” Because nicotine causes blood vessels to constrict, adequate oxygen…

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3D Replication of a Human Ear – 3D Printing and More Emerging Technology

By: Diana Holan, MS   Inkjet printers use multiple ink cartridges to layer out an image on paper. In the 1980s, 3D printers were developed from the same concept, except the cartridges are filled with various materials that merge together in layers onto a flat surface, guided by a computer generated pattern that actually builds…

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Monitor Hearing after Preeclampsia

By: Diana Holan, MS Preeclampsia is a condition that causes blood pressure to rise suddenly and can occur anytime during pregnancy, delivery, and up to six weeks after delivery.  It can result in a host of medical problems, including stroke or other blood clotting problems, reduced kidney and liver function, pulmonary edema, seizures, and maternal…

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$8.3 Million Awarded in DePuy Cobalt/Chromium Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Lawsuit

By: Diana Holan, MS There are currently more than 250,000 hip replacements performed in the US annually.  This procedure was relatively uncommon before the late 1990s, but with the development of titanium and cobalt/chromium metal-on-metal (MoM) bearing surfaces, sales rapidly increased and a highly competitive market was born.  But new health concerns soon arose because…

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